Trojans earn gold in Mid Penn swimming, diving

NEW KINGSTOWN — After two days of the Mid Penn Conference swimming and diving championships, Chambersburg has produced a pair of champions.

Thursday night, senior Nick Cover captured first place in the boys diving with a school-record total of 572.95 points, which beat Cover’s own record by 41.10 points.

“Nick has put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get his dives to a higher level of competition,” Trojan diving coach Ryan Crider said. “He doesn’t just try to do a dive, he understands the technical side of it as well.

“He offered a change in his dive list for Mid Penns, giving himself a higher degree of difficulty, and it was very positive.”

Alic Sites of Shippensburg placed seventh with 341 points.

Next up for Cover is the District 3 championships on Feb. 24 at Wilson H.S.

Friday, on the first of two days for swimming, junior Jacob Greenwood posted a time of 1:43.67 to win by more than 3 seconds in the boys 200 freestyle race.

Also for Chambersburg, C.J. Pong placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:57.84) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (52.35) and Avery Barley was seventh in the 50 free (21.83).

The 200 medley relay team of Barley, Michael Johnson, Pong and Greenwood swam a 1:37.90 to place fourth and the time set a school record.

Shippensburg’s Sam Nunemaker was the only other area placewinner, taking sixth in the 50 free in 21.78.

In girls competition, the Trojans did not have any placewinners. Bree Kratz did drop 4.5 seconds from her seed time and took 16th in the 100 fly.

For Shippensburg’s girls, Makenna Morris took fourth in the 200 IM (2:13.80), Madison Osanitsch was seventh in the 200 free (1:57.74) and the 200 medley relay (Osanitsch, Madelyn Facchinei, Morris and Julia Strine) was sixth in 1:54.03.

James Buchanan’s girls took eighth in the medley relay (1:56.87) and Rachel Kimmel was eighth in the 200 free in 1:58.86.